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Does A Dominant Or Recessive Allele Cause Severe Combined Immunodeficiency
Good question: The HIV test to which you refer is an elisa assay which is quite sensitive but not as specific as the confirmatory western blot. These measure the presence of antibodies to the HIV and these may take from 2 wks to several months to develop. If you run the test before the antibodies have appeared, it will be negative, only to change to positive once antibody formation has occurred. ...Read more
It's complicated: In short, you ask a good question, but the answer is much more complicated. There are different types of severe combined immunodeficiency (scid). Some are autosomal, and some are x-linked. Many require homozygous changes, others can occur with genetic compounds. None are "autosomal dominant". ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
SCID treatment: Highly-trained pediatric immunologists in hospital settings are generally the doctors who treat scid. A good place for you to start learning about this disorder is to go to the website of the immune deficiency foundation: www.Primaryimmune.Org or to go to the jeffrey modell centers website: www.Info4pi.Org. Your local allergist/immunologist can also refer you to the nearest facility in your area. ...Read more
Houston patient: In the late 70's early 80's when not much could be done for scid, nasa designed the most sterile environment for a patient in houston, to avoid infections. Included was a space suit like. It worked relatively well. It was a 'bubble'. Social and psychological issues were significant however, and a matter of controversy. With bone marrow transplant advances, this extreme isolation is not needed. ...Read more
It really happened..: Scid (severe combined immunodef) is a life threatening condition that leaves a child with essentially no functioning immune system. They can die from infections. There was a child born in the 1970s whose father had connections at nasa. They were able to create a sterile environment for him (bubble) and a space suit for him to go "outside". He eventually died of complications. David vetter. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Early history: In 1976 an early travolta movie( the boy in a plastic bubble) portrayed the life of a scid kid in a houston research facility. To avoid germs, the kid was kept in a sterilized room with limited access & bubble like clear plastic barriers that allowed his caretakers & family to see & interact with him. ...Read more
Maybe: In the future gene therapy may be the way we treat scid, but right now the details of how to do this safely have not been proven. At the present time, bone marrow transplant is the mainstream of treatment. Trials may once again start with gene therapy at a few centers in the near future to see if this can be done safely. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
SCID: Scid is severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome. It is a serious immune defect (primary immunodeficiency = pid) that requires life-saving treatment. The immune deficiency foundation has a great parents handbook about all pid's including scid. http://primaryimmune.org. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Immunodeficiency: Scid is one of the life threatening immunodeficiencies that a child can be born with. Because of missing part of the immune system these children lack any ability to fight infection. It is imperative that they are identified within the first weeks of life so that treatment can be obtained. ...Read more
No: Scid is a genetic disease that children are born with. Currently there is no way to prevent scid. However, newborn screening for scid can identify scid patients very early in life and allow them the opportunity to be further eval/treated and save their lives. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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